Roller Coaster is an advanced, but surprisingly short trail tucked away in the Carter Road MTB network. Don't let its brevity deceive you; this trail manages to offer a dizzying series of quick climbs and steep descents that defy the expectations of a typical Florida ride.
Reach this gem by taking I-4 to Lakeland, then Exit 18. Head South on Highway 37 for around 12 to 15 miles, aiming for Mulberry. After crossing the Shepherd Road intersection, drive about a mile further and then turn left onto Carter Road (East). The park entrance will greet you about 3/4 mile down on the right.
The Roller Coaster trail, while brief, offers a dense dose of thrills that make it a noteworthy addition to any rider's Carter Road experience. It may not have the extensive features found in longer trails, but its steep inclines and sharp descents provide a unique, adrenaline-packed session. Moreover, it acts as a vital connector within the Carter Road network, enhancing the overall journey for those who seek a challenging ride.So if the idea of a short but challenging trail intrigues you, buckle up for the Roller Coaster. It’s a ride that many hesitate to undertake but seldom regret.